January 11, 2012 Subject:
June 1966 in Vietnam
DAK TO - the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne was filmed June 20-25, 1966 during Operation Hawthorne. 101st Airborne civic action teams delivered food and clothing to Montagnard settlements. A helicopter lands in one of these villages and the goods are distributed. The tribal chief puts on a pair of overalls. A medical aid group also treats villagers. There are no doctors, so the villagers welcome the medics. Girls do a traditional Montagnard folk dance in gratitude. At Dak To on June 23, 1966 there is a victory celebration for the 101st. Commander Willard Pearson and commander of the ARVN 41st regiment place a wreath at a memorial. Then they inspect captured Viet Cong equipment. Vietnamese women present some 101st Airborne troops with flower garlands. From the outskirts of town, battle-weary veterans of Operation Hawthorne march into town. Pretty girls hand the troops bottles of beer. Back inside the camp, they rest. Then word is passed that John Wayne has arrived and he meets with the soldiers. The next day the troops are briefed on Operation Eagle Bait and they are airlifted to start the new Operation.
PLEIKU - PLEI ME - The Pleiku Flight Operations Center at Camp Holloway Air Field provides important air traffic control for the strategic Central Highlands region. It monitors all Army flights - both fixed wing and rotor aircraft. Radio communications inside the flight operations van connects the air field control with aircraft. The ccoordingation control section of the van can follow flight patterns.. Flight data is recorded (by hand) on plotting boards, which record the location of area aircraft. The control tower personnel observe traffic on the field and log all flights. Wind direction and other vital information is communicated with aircraft. The flight operations van is equipped with RTTY Radioteletype, to provide vital information to other flight centers and to control HQ at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. The Flight Operations Center at Camp Holloway operates 24-hours and day and handles hundreds of flights daily.
CAM RAHN BAY - On June 25, 1966 the 497th Army Engineer Company is assigned to a construction project on a pier. New cross beams need to be replaced. This company works with port contruction and contains divers trained by both the Army & Navy. The engineers are shown at work under the pier.
NHA TRANG - PLEIKU - DA NANG - In May and June 1966 several Army communication facilities contruction projects are moving forward. At Da Nang, Vietnamese women dig trenches for a Integrated Wideband Communications System (IWCS) station. This system uses tropospheric scatter to provide reliable long-distance radio communication. Philippine workers are also employed on the project. Farther South, at Nha Trang, another IWCS station is under way. Shots of antennas and workers surveying the site. At Pleiku there is another link in this network. Shots of a concrete base for an 120-foot antenna. At Phu Lam, construction also continues. Large fuel tanks are being readied for use with generators. At another site, Vung Tao, considerable progress has already been made. An excavation has been made for an MRC-85 signal van. Where these facilities are completed, the US Army will be assured of reliable communications.
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - It is June 28, 1966 and the 320th Artillery of the 82nd Airborne is going home. They convoy to the dembarkation point, passing shelled buildings; reminders of battles which raged just months before. An LST - LST-1163 Waldo County - arrives to transfer them to N.C. Other elements of the unit are travelling home via air. Since the election of President Joaquín Balaguer, the OAS has voted to disband the Inter-American Police Force (IAPF). The 320th is the first unit to leave. Shots of vehicles and other materiel being loaded aboard the LST, then troops march aboard. Brazilian General Alvaro Braga thanks the men. The the ship gets underway for the 4-day journey home. The other parts of the 320th arrive at the San Isidro airport, General Robert Linville commends the troops then men of the 320th Airboarne Artillery board an USAF C-130.
BANPONG, THAILAND - June 27, 1966 and the Thai Prime Minister inspects and honor during the dedication of a preserved food facility. Lt. Col. Thomas G. Frost greets the PM. There is a Buddhist altar and the PM lights a candle and says a prayer for the success of the factory, which will make preserved foods for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and other gov't agencies. The plant willl employ about 500 people.
ETTELBRUCK. LUXEMBOURG - Each year the citizens here observe a remembrance day for General George S. Patton Jr. It was from this city that the General launched his counterattack December 16, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. THe festivities begin June 25, 1966, the day before the remembrance day, with skydiving & other sports events. In attendence is the US Ambassador to Luxembourg, Patricia Roberts Harris, and the commander of the 7th Army General Lt General Theodore J. Conway. Thousands attend. Soldiers from 7 nations troop down Avenue JFK. The Ambassador delivers a memorial address & the city mayor lays a wreath at the Patton Monument.